Here’s how active cupping typically works:
1. Cup Placement: A cup is placed on the skin, and a vacuum or suction is created either through the use of a manual pump or by heating the cup briefly to create a vacuum effect when it cools down. This suction creates a seal between the cup and the skin.
2. Glide or Slide: Instead of leaving the cups stationary, as in traditional cupping, the cups are moved in a controlled manner over the area being treated. This can be done by the therapist or the individual receiving the treatment.
3. Techniques: The therapist may use various techniques during active cupping, such as linear gliding, circular motions, or zigzag patterns, depending on the desired effect and the individual’s needs.
Active cupping is often used in massage therapy and alternative medicine as a way to address various musculoskeletal issues, improve circulation, reduce muscle tension, and promote relaxation. The sliding or gliding motion of the cups is thought to help release fascial restrictions, break up adhesions, and stimulate blood flow to the treated area.